As a child Carl spent his free afternoons perched on the end of a stage, surveying the colorful characters and music that circulated through Laack’s Tavern and Ballroom. In 1980 these memories and his love for music spurred Carl to contact band leader Ron Harvey. He acquired a library of big band classics from Ron, and a total of seven seasoned musicians from Elroy Berkholtz’s Band, a group from Reedsville. With a few more phone calls the grand total came to 11 musicians. Since then Carl has been named band leader of the year in 1999 and has made five recordings with his Orchestra.
Over 20 years since the conception of the Carl Laack Orchestra, Carl says, “The people are what keep me making music. When someone is singing along or I see a priceless look of nostalgia spread across a dancer’s face that is one of my greatest rewards.”
To order a CD or book the Laack Hall in Johnsonville, contact Carl by phone 920-467-4943; or write Carl Laack at W4334 County Road JM, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.